Monday, October 20, 2014

Cascade blog tour and giveaway





It's time for something totally fun!!

A few months ago, Jessica Levitt emailed me to ask if I would be willing to sew up the Itty Bitty basket out of her new fabric line Cascade, debuting at quilt market! How cool is that? Of course I said yes without hesitation!


imageItty Bitty Nesting Baskets in Cascade by Jessica Levitt


Here is Jess' new fabric line Cascade by Windham.


Isn't it pretty? This line is versatile and I can see this working equally well for home decor projects, purses, clothes or quilts. You can see more in the look book here

Itty Bitty Nesting Baskets in Cascade by Jessica Levitt
 I've modified the Itty Bitty Basket tutorial for a triple set of nesting baskets.

You can download the instructions to make this set of baskets here.  It will also be available on my Craftsy page.

Check out Jess' blog page for more fun ideas as well as the other bloggers on the blog tour

Tuesday October 14th - Julie Herman - Jaybird Quilts / Jenn Nevitt -knit ’n lit
Wednesday October 15th - Amanda Kattner - What the Bobbin / Andy Knowlton - a bright corner
Thursday October 16th - Marci Debataz - Marci Girl Designs / Jennifer Auh Chon - Sunny in Cal
Friday October 17th - Angela Walters - Quilting is my Therapy / Rachel Gander - Imagine Gnats
Saturday October 18th - Elizabeth Timmons - and pins / Andrea Taddicken - knitty bitties
Sunday October 19th - Erin Erickson - Dog Under my Desk / Jessica Skultety - Quilty Habit
Monday October 20th  - Caroline Press - Trillium Design / Karin Jordan - Leigh Laurel Studiosd


Itty Bitty Nesting Baskets in Cascade by Jessica Levitt

And here is the best part. Windham fabrics is going to give you a chance to win a little fat quarter bundle of these fabrics for yourself.  All you have to do is enter the giveaway to win. I'll pick the winner on Oct 24th.  Remember to check out all the other blogs as well, you can enter to win a fabric bundle from each blog page! Thanks Windham!


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Monday, October 13, 2014

Around the World Blog hop


Thank-you so much to Soma Acharya (Whims and Fancies) who invited me to this little blog hop around the world.  She was my partner in crime for the Doctor.Who.Along and is a fantastic quilter, artist, photographer, pattern designer and all-around sweetie-pie.  

So here are some answers to questions that I rarely ever get to chat about on this blog (well all except that first one).
 #soakphotochallenge Day 8 ~ WIP. #mybooqal is being quilted

1.       What am I working on?
Currently too many things.  I have Halloween quilt in progress as part of the #mybooqal going on on Instagram.  I have another modern quilt I’ve designed for Quiltcon that needs to have the quilting finished.  About 3 different swaps I need to make items for and probably about  a dozen other things that I’ve forgotten about.  Oh and there is always a knitting project on the needles.  I don't talk about that hobby much on here, but I love to knit! That hobby is even older than my sewing one. Never a dull moment around here.
#mybooqal basted and ready for quilting. #thisquiltneedsaname #sundaysewing 3 weeks later and I'm halfway done with this matchstick quilting. #shootmenow #whatwasithinking Holy moly this is one big shawl. #ashburn is done. Just what a girl needs on a 90+ day.  #plucky #pluckylove #plucktember #yarnporn #blockingcanwait #bello


2.  How does my work differ from others of its genre?  
I’ll let you decide this for the most part.  I think I'm kind of still developing my 'style'. I think my work is creative and  I try to think outside the box when I’m designing something.  I usually start every project design by asking myself, “what haven’t I seen yet?” and go from there.  I think this makes my work more unique but I'm all over the place in terms of what I'll tackle which is pretty much anything.  I do like a fairly modern aesthetic though in anything I make for myself or our family's home.
Retro rubies pattern

3.  Why do I write/create what I do?
Sewing keeps me sane.  I love the creative process of coming up with a new design idea and making it from start to finish.  I love pairing colors and envisioning what I think will work best. I need a small amount of creative time every day just to keep on functioning normally.  My day-job is entirely left-brain activity, so I need some balance to keep me on an even-keel.
In the hoop. #sundaysewing.

4. How does my writing/creating process work?
Usually I see something out there in the world that sparks an idea.  It can be anything from the way the light hits the glass to looking at a building from a unique angle and it can happen at any moment.  Really, anything can spark an idea and from there I usually jot it down on paper to revisit when I have time. I have a whole folder of ‘ideas’ like this in my studio.  Sometimes they make it into a finished sewn object and sometimes they don’t.  

Now that @madewithlove_candice has received her pkg i can show you the clutch I made for her birthday #cakeandmakeclub #cottonandsteel. It was hard to part with.

But enough about me.  Here are some other creative women that inspire me and will share their perspectives with you next.

Becky of SolarThreads ~ I've never met Becky in person but we share the same home state.  She's a fantastic and productive quilter. Always quilting up a storm with a cool twist and sewing all kind of unique things, like her fabric postcards and her Growler bags made with Pendleton wool.  She'll be my roommate next month at Sewtopia and I'm looking forward to meeting her in person.  Plus we have kids the same age and she's a scientist like me. No wonder she's my friend.

Jennifer of SunnyinCal ~ I can't wait to see her again at Sewtopia.  Jenn is a powerhouse sewer and quilter.  She churns out a new quilt every other day or so it seems.  She is super creative and all her stuff is really gorgeous!  Plus she's a super nice person as well. 

Lisa of Lisa Lisa and the quilt jam
 ~ Lisa is the Vice Prez of the Corvallis Modern Quilt Guild, my local guild and a sewing buddy of mine.  She is super bubbly and fun and can quilt up a storm.  She always has many irons in the fire.

Go check out these lovely ladies.

Until next time, Happy sewing!
xoxo Caroline

Thursday, July 31, 2014

College Blog Hop ~ 50 yard line

It's time for the last pattern of the College Blog Hop organized by Soma of Whims and Fancies blog.  Soma is a star for organizing all these fantastic foundation piecing pattern QALs.  This time around the theme is College and everything that reminds you of  college.  For me, that's football! (USA style).  I do love going to watch a college football game in the crisp cool air of fall. 

So here is my 50 yard line block.  The finished block is 10" square.

You can download the pattern and instructions here or on Craftsy

Would also work for any football related quilts or projects you might be wanting to make.  Use it as a center block, add your favorite college licensed fabric around the border and make yourself a cute tote bag to carry the blanket, snacks and water bottle to the game or for tailgating.

Go Team!  Happy Sewing!